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5 Reasons the Holidays Are the Perfect Time to Get Treatment

December 23, 2021

Start the new year right by getting the help you need at the end of 2021.

The holiday season is officially here in the United States. Although the holidays are meant to be full of joy and celebration, there’s a darker side to the holidays as well. They can bring up repressed feelings of disconnection, disappointment or angst. Constant social engagements — usually fueled by an open bar — can highlight problematic drinking or substance abuse patterns.

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How Long Will I Be in Recovery?

December 21, 2021

When someone attends treatment for a substance abuse disorder, it can feel like a relief to the individual. But it doesn’t matter if the treatment lasts 30, 60, or 90 days. It’s only one step on the path to a lifetime of recovery.

Recovery is not the same as addiction treatment, nor is it the same as being sober. Instead, recovery is a process defined when someone has stopped using addictive substances and has moved on to live a productive life, including improvement in self-care, enhancing their health and wellness, and adopting healthy stress management techniques.

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Netflix Miniseries Mentions Rational Recovery

December 16, 2021

In September 2021, Netflix released a seven-episode miniseries that mentions Rational Recovery (RR) as an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in episode II (starting in minute 46). Ironically, the mention of RR occurs in a very small (two-person) AA meeting. The pro-RR speaker is required to attend AA as part of parole, but he objects to AA’s powerlessness and God-centered approach. He prefers RR’s addictive voice recognition technique and the idea that he could take charge of his own behavior.

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Why are Support Groups for Families of Drug Addicts Important?

December 14, 2021

Learn about the ways that addiction can impact the whole family and how our addictions recovery center can help.

The drug crisis in the US today is highly troubling. In 2014, 8.5% of the US population was suffering from a substance abuse disorder. Less than half of those received treatment within the next year. If you have a family member who is struggling with an addiction, you can offer support by seeking treatment.

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Fun and Sober: 5 Activities for Recovery

December 9, 2021

Over time, you may find that risking discomfort is worth the effort, especially if the payoff is positive, engaging, and connective fun with other sober individuals.

Once the choice is made to seek help for substance abuse issues, the question that many in recovery face is: how do I fill the time I used to devote to getting high? Choosing activities that are enjoyable and rewarding as well as beneficial to recovery can bring up a number of feelings for those new to recovery.

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9 Tips: Maintaining Sobriety Through the Holidays

December 7, 2021

As much as the end of the year brings people together with Halloween parties in October, Thanksgiving dinner in November, and a plethora of holidays in December such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, it can also be an overwhelming time. This is especially true for those battling a substance use disorder (SUD) or an alcohol use disorder (AUD).

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